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Burundi Kibingo Washed

Origin Burundi /

Altitude 1893 masl /

Crop Year 2018 /

Varietal Red Bourbon /

Product Code 6473

About Burundi Kibingo Washed

Burundi’s volcanic soils, high altitude and plentiful rainfall make up the perfect conditions for growing high-quality Arabica coffee. Kayanza province is located in the northern part of Burundi, near the border with Rwanda and it is known for being the water source of the Nile River.

Kibingo’s washing station is located in Kayanza province and was built in 1986. It is known among the locals for its wooden bridge that was built over the river that runs through it. The name ‘Kibingo’ comes from the Kirundi word urubingo which means ‘reeds‘ because reeds were planted along the river to contain the water and to prevent the surrounding soils from eroding.

This washing station collects cherries from over 3500 local coffee farmers spread over the 18 neighboring hills. During the harvest season, Kibingo processes more than 750 tons of coffee. 

In the cup, this exceptional coffee has floral citrus notes with a lot of caramel. It has a balanced profile between fruity sweetness & grilled bread aromas and a long aftertaste with fruity flavors. 

About Burundi

Coffee was introduced to Burundi by Catholic Monks from the small island of Reunion in the 1930’s. Most popular variety is Bourbon, however other varieties are grown including Blue Mountain. The crop is exclusively grown by smallholders, which are grouped into farmer associations called Sogestals.

Due to the age of the trees and the variance in rainfall, there is a huge amount of fluctuation in coffee production. On average the crop is around 20,000MT. All of the the trees are Arabica, with around 70% processed as fully washed. There was an attempt to introduce Robusta in Burundi by establishing a large plantation, however this was destroyed during the times of civil was and rebellion towards the end of the 20th century.